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July 7, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterJuly 7, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

VOL 19, ISSUE 27 July 7, 2017
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Top Stories
GA unites against ATC privatization
AOPA and 45 general aviation groups voiced opposition to the 21st Century AIRR Act just days after it was approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bill would take air traffic control from the FAA and hand it to the airlines. Read more >
AOPA Live This Week
Museum opens rare aircraft to public, HangarSwap buzzes
Go inside Virginia's Shannon Air Museum, home to 20 rare aircraft dating from World War I through the 1940s. Meet the brains behind HangarSwap, an online parts marketplace that's similar to eBay. Also this week, get the latest on the fight against ATC privatization. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, July 6 >
Technique and Safety
Dive into a headwind or...?
If you get confused about positioning the flight controls while taxiing, the AOPA Air Safety Institute's new Safety Tip: Taxi Controls can help. Learn how consistently applying the proper control placement in crosswinds on the ground builds an excellent habit that will kick in when the winds kick up. Watch the video >
Online resource
Review runway safety in a flash
The AOPA Air Safety Institute's digital Runway Safety Flash Cards offer a quick refresher on the stripes, dashes, and lights that provide directions for moving on airport surfaces. Cards depicting pulsing lights embed animation to replicate what you'd see in real life. Download the cards >
It all adds up
The ceiling and visibility are forecast to be adequate. Total wind and crosswind component are within recommended guidelines. The terrain isn't mountainous, but be aware of any obstructions. The runway is long and wide enough. However, you haven't flown this make and model of aircraft for a while. Should you still go? Read more >
Recklessness can cause harm
How did a routine training flight in a well-maintained aircraft on a calm, clear day with a flight instructor and two students end tragically? The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Accident Case Study: Everyone's Problem seeks to shed light on the accident, and the unsettling circumstances that led to it. Watch the video >
Pilot Protection Services
Checklists that don't match POH/AFM prompt legal, safety concerns
Do you fly using a checklist that you purchased commercially, downloaded from the internet, or developed yourself? In a recent Safety Alert for Operators, the FAA warned pilots about the risks of using checklists other than those contained in the manufacturer's pilot's operating handbook/airplane flight manual. Read more >
AOPA, COPA urge reciprocity for GA medical requirements
AOPA and the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association sent a joint letter to the FAA and Transport Canada, urging their respective governments to develop certain reciprocities with regard to each other's medical certification regimes. Read more >
FAA continues UAS map rollout
The FAA continues to release new unmanned aircraft system facility maps that will be the foundation of a much more automated and efficient system to request and receive authorization for drone flights near airports. More than 330 airport area maps have now been published, and the FAA hopes to complete the process by October. Read more >
Navion gascolator leakage prompts concern
The FAA has requested information by July 16 from owners and operators of some Navion-series airplanes about the potential leakage of gascolators. Read more >
When things go sideways
Accidents in the air and on the ground have one thing in common: When things go sideways, they do so quickly. Opinion Leaders blogger Ron Rapp details ramp accidents that remind pilots and fixed-base operators that aviation isn't forgiving to carelessness or error. Read more >
Fly to the national parks: Check out Alaska
Alaska's national parks are astounding—especially from the air. Flying here takes planning and time, but the rewards are endless. Check out a list of Alaska's parks and some highly rated guest lodges or outfitters that will help you get the most out of this bucket-list trip. Read more >
Aircraft ownership: LLCs
What are the pros and cons of aircraft ownership in an LLC? Find out during a free livestream brought to you by AOPA Insurance Services. Ray Speciale, an attorney, certified public accountant, and CFII, will discuss the unique aspects of this type of aircraft ownership during the July 12 livestream at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Register today >
News and Notes
Chambliss breaks Red Bull drought
Kirby Chambliss has twice won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, but a long stretch of tough luck put him nine years removed from his last race win. Three minutes of hard flying on July 2 put Chambliss back in the top spot of the podium. Read more >
Spot a whale shark for science
Pilots flying above the Gulf of Mexico in the days just before and after July's full moon stand a better-than-average chance of spotting one of nature's most magnificent creatures in the waters below—and a research team wants to know of the sightings. Read more >
Able Flight gets donated Ercoupe
U.S. Navy veteran Dennis Sommers wanted to learn to fly. He bought an Ercoupe 415-C and had soloed before cancer ended his life in March 2017. The Ercoupe, which Sommers named Little Bird, will help people with disabilities earn their wings. Read more >
CAU students 'live, sleep, and breathe aviation'
California Aeronautical University, the presenting sponsor of AOPA's Camarillo Fly-In April 28 and 29 and the newest AOPA Supporting Sponsor, traces its roots to the Santa Barbara Business College established in 1888. Read more >
Perlan 2 set for record attempt
Tune in to this week's Hangar Talk podcast to hear Jim Payne talk about attempting a high-altitude record in the Airbus Perlan 2 glider above Argentina's Andes Mountains in mid-July. Payne hopes to ride mountain waves to an altitude of 90,000 feet for climate change research. Listen to the podcast >
Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: Certificated flight instructor, Brandywine Flight School
Brandywine Flight School, located in the thriving West Chester suburb of Philadelphia, has a high demand for both part-time and full-time certificated flight instructors. The ideal candidate will be friendly and have an ability to model good flying behaviors and a passion to teach. Cessna, Piper, Diamond, and a few tailwheel aircraft are available for instructing. Read the full description and apply today >
AOPA career opportunities
Join the AOPA team
Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? AOPA is looking for a research and analysis director, aviation technical specialist, operations clerk, copy editor, IT systems administrator, product marketing specialist, legislative affairs vice president, customer service representative, airports and state advocacy vice president, flight training business support senior director, and legal services plan attorney. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online >
Question of the Week

Although you have determined your landing light, which is not working, is not required for your night flight, you have decided to replace it anyway. Can you do the work yourself, or must a mechanic do it?
Because replacing a landing light is covered under preventive maintenance, you can replace the bulb and make the maintenance entry for it in the aircraft logs. To learn more about preventive maintenance, see Appendix A to 14 CFR Part 43 and "AOPA's guide to preventive maintenance."

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Education & Seminars
Flight Instructor Refresher Courses
Jul 15-16 Englewood, New Jersey; and Jacksonville, Florida
Jul 22-23 Memphis, Tennessee; and Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
Aug 5-6 Fort Worth, Texas; and Reno, Nevada
Aug 12-13 Atlanta, Georgia; and Costa Mesa, California
For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online. Can't make it in person? Sign up for the Air Safety Institute's Online eFIRC.
Safety Seminars
Jul 25-29 Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
Jul 8 Chesaning, Michigan; and El Monte, California
Jul 15 Perkasie, Pennsylvania; Vidalia, Georgia; and Lincoln, California
Jul 22 Apopka, Florida
Jul 26 Oshkosh, Wisconsin
For a complete schedule, visit the AOPA Hangar. (Log in to the AOPA Hangar using your AOPA website username and password to view these events.)
Aviation Calendar
Want something to do this weekend? Planning an aviation getaway? See AOPA's enhanced calendar of events. You can filter events, add an event, or search all events in the calendar. (Log in to the AOPA Hangar using your AOPA website username and password to search the events or to add an event.) Before you take off on an adventure, make sure you check our current aviation weather provided by Jeppesen.
For airport details, including FBO fuel prices, see AOPA Airports. AOPA does not endorse or assume responsibility for the events submitted and listed in the calendar.
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